A fridge made from a real pig, to put your bacon in.
Examining my relation to the animal I eat and and the process of this animal to a product. In a kind of hardcore way.
PROCESS OF SLAUGHTERING PIGS IN THE NETHERLANDS
the pig project
Is a personal project which comes from my persuasion of errors in the meat industry. In 2015 I ritually slaughtered a pig for comsumption, a happy moment for the Don Bosco Boys orphanage. We enjoyed the bacon.
Back in Holland my view on meat changed. I felt it was a living animal before, with skin just like ours, a warm body. I asked a child in the supermarket where he thought that piece of achterham came from. He answered: ‘Albert Heijn!’ I continued my research of meat-comsumption in Holland, and ended up visiting a slaughterhouse several times a month. This slaughterhouse processed the animals to perfect pieces in color and shape, wrapped in products. Around 600 pigs were killed there every 30 days. I learned to fake color of meat by pouring some extra blood. This is also why meat from the supermarket can shrink so much in the pan, which is the liquid of blood vaporing away.
My view on meat changed again. I could feel the animals from flesh and blood under my bacon. Pigs also have the most similar skin to humans, thats why tattoo artists sometimes practice on pig-skin. Yet, the act of buying meat in supermarkets was too distant from that feeling to its origin.
The idea for a fridge , made of a pig, made so much sense. To see its face, feel its shape and smell its skin would make you see the animal. The living, breathing and warm animal.
From then it went fast. Very fast. I got so close with the workers of the slaughterhouse that they let me pick and slaughter my own pig. Still warm I could skin this pig and proccessed its inside to proper meatpieces to be sold. At the end of the day my pig was in 1 thousand pieces and I could take the full skin (with head, paws and tal still inside) home.
Once home the rollercoaster started. The flexible skin had to be tanned and processed into leather. Together with de Gebroeders Teurlincx in Eindhoven I made that possible. From that moment the leather is growing numb in a few days. I worked day and night sewing the animal back together. I cut out a cooling part from a fridge, put it into the pig and the final concept stood.
After the project was done I destroyed the fridge-part, put a bulb inside and now its still shining light trough its skin in my studio.